Laming nabs inaugural award


Dan Laming proved what an asset he is to Celtic and what a major loss he was to the South Canterbury cricket team this season by scooping two major awards at the South Canterbury Cricket Awards last night.

The Celtic batsman, who made himself unavailable for the South Canterbury team at the start of the season, won the newly created South Canterbury Cricket Association Plaque for senior batsman of the year.

The former South Canterbury captain averaged 60 throughout the club campaign, where he scored seven 50s and a century.

That century was 153 in the senior one-day final against Timaru, which earned him the Jim Davies Cup for the best single performance in a season.

With Celtic winning all three major senior trophies this year, it was no surprise spinner Sam Carlaw earned the Williams Cup for bowler of the year.

He took 46 club wickets at an average of 10.2 with a best of six for 20.

In a difficult season for the South Canterbury Hawke Cup team, the left-arm off spinner also took 16 wickets, including one five-wicket haul.

Issues with scoring runs and taking wickets hindered the South Canterbury side this year, as did the constant chopping and changing of the side as players committed and then reneged.

With no centurions with the bat, it was fitting Star bowler Craig Hinton was awarded the  Phil D'Auvergne Trophy for the player who contributed the most on and off the field for the representative team.

Always available and happy to bend his back at the crease, Hinton enjoyed one of his more successful seasons, despite the wheels falling off the campaign for Robin Beeby's team with a Hawke Cup challenge in sight.

The Davies' Trophy for women's batsman of the year went to Timaru Girls' High School's Jess Golding, who averaged 19 throughout the season.

The top bowling award went to Craighead's Amy Rayner who took 19 wickets at an average of 9.53.

Celtic bowler Ben Watson was ned best player under-21 thanks to 42 senior wickets and a best effort of six for 13 in the Twenty20 semi-final against Timaru.

Timaru Boys' High School bowler Mark Otley was named best young cricketer after making his South Canterbury senior debut at 14.

The Timaru Herald